Alcohol Impairment & Your Ears
According to studies, “[a]uditory acuity is not generally affected in humans at low blood alcohol levels (less that 0.10 g/dL). Pihkanen & Kauko (1962) reported impairment in two out of three tests performed to measure auditory capability at average blood levels of 0.10 g/dL. A large decrement in discrimination between volumes and intensity of sounds but a less clear effect on ability to detect faint sounds has been reported. (Jellinik & McFarland, 1940). Olfactory and taste are affected at low doses of alcohol (0.1 – 0.2 g/kg). These senses may be affected at blood levels of .04 g/dL or greater (Wallgren and Barry, 1970).
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